Lookup NU author(s): James Thomas,
Professor Patrick Olivier
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© 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This article presents a number of perspectives on mortality in light of both Victorian mourning and memento mori jewelry and bereavement therapy and grieving. Both help to reveal valuable qualities for digital design. The article then illustrates how these qualities influenced the design of four digital lockets, examining how both Victorian and modern practices relate to mortality, mourning, grief, and death, and exploring possibilities for digital design. Finally, ongoingness-by reference to the work of artist Moira Ricci-is explained as both a theoretical construct and a resource for design practice. Central in the proposal is the notion that, rather than being distanced or detached from the deceased (as has been the predominant grieving therapy approach of modernity), the bereaved can continue to have an active and growing relationship with them.
Author(s): Wallace J, Thomas J, Anderson D, Olivier P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Design Issues
Online publication date: 03/01/2018
Acceptance date: 02/04/2016
ISSN (print): 0747-9360
ISSN (electronic): 1531-4790
Publisher: MIT Press Journals
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